image latham j_supplement_1787_plate 109
Image number: RS.17531
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Bankian cockatoo’

Date

1787

Creator

John Latham (1740-1837, British)

Object type

Library reference

48050

Material

Dimensions

height (print): 244mm
width (print): 190mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ornithology
Biology
   > Natural history

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > bird

Description

Ornithological study of the Red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii), also known as the Banksian cockatoo [here termed ‘Bankian’] a bird native to Australia. Shown perched on a small tree, with a background of water.

Plate 109 from the Supplement to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh & Sotheby, 1787). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CIX’; and below ‘Bankian Cockatoo.’

In the associated description, the author states: ‘Inhabits New Holland. In the collection of Sir Joseph Banks, who brought it with him from thence to England, on his return from his voyage around the world. It most certainly differs from the Ceylonese Black Cockatoo; but is probably the same with that mentioned by Mr Parkinson, in his voyage.

John Latham (1740-1837) British surgeon and naturalist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1775.

Associated place

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      > United Kingdom